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Monday, 31 October 2005
Sloppy-mindedness
I realize that this is a sort of petty thing to remark upon, but read the opening paragraph in this CBS News story from earlier today:

(CBS) A federal indictment alleges that Vice President Cheney's now-former chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby committed perjury during, among other things, a conversation he had with Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper.
Well, considering that Matt Cooper is neither a jury nor a judge nor a prosecutor, how can Libby have committed perjury by talking to him?

The more interesting part of this story is that, in the very next sentence, we find that Cooper is "not so sure" that Libby committed whatever would be the actual equivalent to perjury when he made the mistake of talking to Cooper in the first place. (Emphasis mine.)

[CBS News personality Harry] Smith pointed out that the indictment apparently alleges that Libby told the FBI and the grand jury that it was reporters, "people like you (Cooper), presumably," who told him Plame's identity. "Could you discern that from your conversation," Smith asked Cooper, "That you suggested it, he confirms it?"

"Yeah," responded Cooper. "I suggested it. He confirmed it. But there was no suggestion, I guess as alleged in the indictment, that he went ahead and, you know, talked to me about how he heard it and such. So, I think you've got a situation where the prosecutor is accusing him of several cases of perjury and obstruction of justice, and you're going to have witnesses or the people who work most closely with Libby in the White House and, potentially, reporters testifying in this case."
This is just incredibly fucking weak. Fitzgerald spent two years on this?

Oh, and the first namby-pamby Leftist I hear complain about the anti-media attitude or silent treatment shown by this Administration in the wake of this nonsense is going to get groin-punted.


Posted by Toby Petzold at 11:07 PM CST | Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Tuesday, 1 November 2005 - 8:49 AM CST

Name: Johnny Feelgood

Seems like 100% more indictments than the Whitewater investigation. Furthermore, I bet you can look back in the archives of your mind and find somewhere that you self-righteously railed on the 42nd president because he lied under oath. It looks like Libby did likewise to the grand jury.

Get past the cognitive dissonance created by your knee-jerk defense of anything Bush & Co. and let that self-righteousness flow once again. Come on. I know you're not shy.

Tuesday, 1 November 2005 - 9:14 PM CST

Name: Rider

"Fitzgerald spent two years on this?"

Heh heh. You wish.

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